Sir Ed Hilary lived a life of risk, adventure and service. The sense of exhilaration and achievement must have carried Sir Ed on to greater things. He has left a powerful legacy, which will be passed from one generation to another.
In a interview, he made these statements:
"In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed."
“You can’t just hope these things just happen.”
“We need to choose something that appeals, set our course, and make it happen.”
“Make it possible, and never settle for a mundane life.”
“Being afraid – on the edge – is quite a stimulating factor.”
“It’s not worth the effort if there is no fear factor.”
He has made us all proud to be called New Zealanders, and I pray, inspired people to make a difference in their world.
The Christian life is one of faith (risk), and God is looking for people who will break free from the norms of life, and embark on the greatest adventure of all times. God’s will and purpose is never boring, and the rewards go way beyond this life.
- The Book of Joshua is a Book of adventure. We read of Israel’s journey, as they entered into unknown territory, under the inspiring leadership of Joshua.
- Joshua’s ministry was one characterised by inspiring leadership, his faith in God’s Word rather than the limitation of human reasoning. He led out of divine revelation.
- Joshua was encouraged by God to build the discipline of regular devotion and to keep Godly confidence and courage.
- Joshua, even though around 80 years of age when he took over from Moses, was used by God to unite a younger generation to take ground prophetically promised to their fathers.
- Joshua was used by God to take ground held by the enemy, so the children of God could claim their inheritance.
- Joshua had to let go of the Moses years, so he could possess new ground.
The challenge given by God to Moses’ in Joshua 1.9 is the anchor that still holds modern day adventures true. “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Thucydides said, “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet go out to meet it.”
Andrew Jackson said, “One man with courage makes a majority.”
William Wallace in the Movie ‘Brave Heart’ said, “Men don’t follow position, but courage.”
I invite you to join me in this amazing journey of faith, and may the end of our 2009 be filled with testimonies of God inspired adventures, because we have all dared to say “I Believe.” Let’s have the courage to face up to those things that would hinder and confidence to move forward and lay hold of God’s best?